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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 29.52
Liaison Stephen Pepper
Submission Date Sept. 25, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Illinois Institute of Technology
IN-24: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Stephen Pepper
Assistant Director of Sustainability
Office of Campus Energy & Sustainability
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Surplus diversion

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

The Surplus Program at Illinois Tech aims to increase the efficiency of our resources by assessing, cataloging, collecting, and redistributing surplus university assets. These assets include furniture and electronics. Rather than discarding surplus into landfills or locking away surplus into storage closets, these assets can be reused in the offices of various university departments and within the homes and businesses of local communities.

This program was founded in November of 2015. We've diverted 6,174 square feet (floor space) of waste so far in fiscal year 2018.

The primary promotion for this project is through purchasing orders. When any department in the University puts in an order to purchase furniture or similar items the surplus program is notified first, and any items in the surplus program are made available to the department first. Additionally, when departments want to get rid of furniture or other office equipment they notify the facilities department, which will take any useable items to the surplus program instead of discarding these items.


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Waste

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.